I recently got the opportunity to eat at the newly redesigned Planet Hollywood in Disney Springs. Being a Fashionista, I was every bit as excited about seeing the movie costumes and memorabilia on display as I was about the actual meal!
Planet Hollywood is a dining experience designed to entertain the whole family. The first things I noticed when I walked in were floor to ceiling screens taking up a large portion of the wall space. These screens played music videos and intermittently showed animated movie montages. There were several different genres of these; you can see the spy movie and pirate genres in the above pictures. The screen clarity is amazing and both the videos and montages were quite entertaining. I was especially impressed by the variety of music videos shown. I saw Barry Manilow, Taylor Swift, and Cold Play, just to name a few. There was even a Frozen sing-a-long at one point. The live DJ did a wonderful job of keeping the crowd engaged and interactive. And if you are celebrating, you can ask for a special shout out to be shown on the screen!
My table started the evening off with drinks, and there were plenty to choose from! Most of the drinks are themed around stars and space since this is Planet Hollywood. I ordered the Sparkling Sputnik (far left on the above picture,) which was light and refreshing, as well as really pretty. And check out the Halley’s Comet–it’s definitely big enough to share! There are also some non-alcoholic drinks as well to make your little ones and non-drinkers feel festive. All of these drinks are also available at the outdoor bar area of Planet Hollywood called Stargazers. It’s a perfect way to relax after a long day of shopping at Disney Springs!
Appetizers appeared shortly after our drinks, and the presentation was incredibly fun! Our table ordered the High Roller ($34.99,) which serves 4 and is presented on a Ferris wheel! It traditionally comes with Chicken Crunch tenders, Texas Tostados, Buffalo Wings, Five Cheese Dip, and Fried Jumbo Shrimp. Two guests at our table had seafood allergies, so we swapped the shrimp for hummus and flatbread. This substitution may have been my favorite part of the meal! The flatbread had a perfect consistency, and the hummus had a nice zing to it. The Tostados were also a big hit and disappeared quickly!
Our main dishes arrived soon after the appetizers, and again, the presentation was so adorable! Have you ever seen anything as cute as those BBQ Ribs on a mini picnic table?! I’ve decided I desperately need one for my own home. And the ribs were pretty great too–slow cooked and tender in a slightly sweet sauce. The burger menu was recently redesigned with the help of chef Guy Fieri. The burger pictured above is the Bacon Mac-n-Cheese which not only features applewood smoked bacon and six cheese mac-n-cheese, but also has Guy’s famous Donkey sauce. Our table had mixed reviews on the combination of mac-n-cheese on a burger, but if you’re an adventurous eater, give it a try! The salad pictured above is the Citus Kale. It has kale, broccoli, cabbage, oranges, grapefruit, and sunflower seeds in an agave dressing. This is an entree filled with superfoods, so you don’t have to feel too guilty about indulging. It was incredibly light, and I enjoyed the bright flavors that the citrus fruits added. It’s not always easy to make a salad interesting, but this one definitely succeeded. The L.A. Lasagna was one of the most interesting dishes we tried. The pasta is rolled into tubes which are then filled with ricotta and Bolognese meat sauce and fried to a golden brown. Our server mentioned that this was one of her personal menu favorites.
My favorite part of any meal is dessert, and the desserts at Planet Hollywood definitely did not disappoint! This year’s trendy dessert seems to be over-the-top milkshakes, and there are several of these on the menu. The Disney Fashionista raved over the Cosmic Cotton Candy, which looked like it could be straight from Vanellope von Schweetz’s game Sugar Rush. We also tried the Chocolate Comet, which is perfect for anyone who just can’t get enough chocolate, and the Brownie Cheesecake Star Jar. Both of these were quite good and plenty big enough to share. The star of the dessert portion of our meal was definitely the Planet Melt Down! This is a chocolate sphere surrounded by strawberries. Once it’s delivered to your table, your server pours hot chocolate sauce on it until it opens up to reveal a slice of chocolate cake. As in previous courses, the presentation really added to the dish and was so much fun! Guests at tables all around were ooh-ing and ahh-ing over this one.
After dinner, my party stayed entertained by looking at the costumes and memorabilia displayed throughout the restaurant. I especially loved seeing the dresses from The Princess Bride and the pieces from Hook. There were also costumes from The Hunger Games trilogy, Grease, A League of Their Own, The Sound of Music, and many more. If you are a fan of Titanic, you can see the famous door that kept Rose afloat after the crash. (It was totally big enough for two people, by the way.) I loved wandering through the restaurant and looking at all the little details in each costume.
Our server took wonderful care of us during the entire evening. She made sure to accommodate our food allergies and even had the chef come to our table to help us make choices that would be allergy friendly. I was impressed with the amount of time that both she and the chef spent with our table. A great big thank you to Shaula for making our evening fabulous!
Planet Hollywood Observatory makes for a fantastic dining experience. It is so much fun and perfect for families with teens and tweens. Let’s face it: as much as we all love Disney, the 11-17 year old crowd sometimes needs a little break from princesses and Disney music. Planet Hollywood is a great way to provide them with a little respite without actually leaving the Disney bubble. The variety of music played combined with the presentation of the dishes and trendiness of the desserts make this spot appealing to all ages. I can’t wait to experience it all again soon!
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